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If a hard fall or blow to the face has injured your lip, it will likely need quality first aid, if not professional treatment. The severity of the injury to your lip will dictate the level of treatment needed.

If your injured lip is bleeding profusely, it likely requires professional treatment at the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

The first step, is to determine the extent of the injury. You can do this by gently wiping away blood with a warm, wet washcloth. Then if you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also serve to soothe any injured gums.

If your lip is starting to swell you can hold a cold compress on the area for 15 minutes at a time. You shouldn’t hold the cold compress to you lip for longer than 20 minutes as excess cold can also irritate sensitive tissues and impede blood flow. You can improvise a cold compress with a bag of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a tea towel.

To control minor bleeding, you can lightly press sterile gauze to your lip. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 15 to 20 minutes, you should seek emergency care. This is often a sign that the wound requires care by a physician.

If you would like further information on how to offer quality first aid and treatment for common oral injuries, you can always call Apple Family Dental’s clinic in Longview, Washington at 360-423-5580 to set up a consultation session.